Light displays, parades, festivals and theater fill Chicago's event calendar in November and December, making it a magical time to be in the city. Chicago's famous museums have annual holiday exhibits and the most festive may be the Museum of Science & Industry's "Christmas Around the World and Holiday of Light" exhibit. It won't cost you a dime to stroll "Zoo Lights" at Lincoln Park Zoo or to see the animated windows ringing Macy's on State Street (or do you still refer to it as Marshall Fields.) Afterward, go inside the store to shop and admire the towering Great Tree while indulging in a chicken pot pie (based on Mrs. Hering’s original recipe from 1890) at the famous Walnut Room, the first restaurant ever opened in a department store. If you want to play outdoors, rent ice skates and take a spin around the outdoor ice rinks at Millennium Park or Maggie Daley Park. Those who prefer to stay out of the cold might consider seeing one of Chicago's beloved holiday theater productions, such as Joffrey Ballet's "The Nutcracker." If watching miniature trains of "Wonderland Express" at Chicago Botanic Garden or sipping warm wine at Christkindlmarket don't knock the Scrooge out of you, nothing will!